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From Your First Year to Your Last, Independence Takes Many Forms

On the weekend we threw a party. Guests were invited to sing, dance, and make merry. Which they did...until the guest of honor passed out. In her defense, this was the first birthday party she'd

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Drifters, Hobos, Rolling Stones

“Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man, Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can. And when it’s time for leavin’, I hope you’ll understand, That

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Wasting Ink on Donald Trump and the Political Cage Fight

This morning, we woke with a startle. We rushed to the bedroom shutters to see what helter-skelter might be afoot on the streets below. Surveying the scene, we noticed the sun rising from the

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Lenin, Fatherland, and the Makeup of a Nation

What's in a nation? There are 55 countries between our sunny little office and the Arctic Ocean over Canada. Almost a billion people call the land between home. What separates them, beyond

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According to a Princeton Study, the Price of Happiness is…

There are a half-dozen cafés within a block or two of our apartment. One serves terrible coffee...but in a pleasing enough environment. Another has an excellent WiFi connection...but waiters that

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What Would the Founding Fathers Have to Say About Modern America?

It's a warm summer's day here in the city. Too hot to talk about systemic collapse (our theme of late—see Parts I and II). We'll revisit that next week. But for now...Birds sing in the

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America’s Water Infrastructure is Failing

We begin today's yarn with a hard-won lesson from the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa. On a cloudy afternoon, late in the dry season, a plucky young mzungu (white man)

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Daylight Robbery in Nevada

It's another sunny summer's day here in the "Paris of the South." Lush Jacaranda trees line the streets around our neighborhood. Their gnarled branches stretch upward to catch the light. An

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Trust in the Government Approaching an All-Time Low

Your editor is a sucker for a lost cause...especially when that cause is his own! We received a ton of encouraging reader mail over the weekend. (Thanks to everyone who wrote in!) It seems our